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Bhubaneswar Development Authority is set to demolish the unsafe Ashoka Market at Master Canteen Square by the end of November. Sandeep Mishra of The Telegraph went around Bhubaneswar and found three other markets that are also in a precarious state and need immediate attention

  • Published 14.10.17
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Bhubaneswar Development Authority is set to demolish the unsafe Ashoka Market at Master Canteen Square by the end of November. Sandeep Mishra of The Telegraph went around Bhubaneswar and found three other markets that are also in a precarious state and need immediate attention

LINGARAJ MARKET

Located at Old Town, this market — tagged ‘unsafe’ — is managed and maintained by the municipal corporation. 

Concrete chunks falls off the ceiling regularly. The condition of the pillars is no different. The civic body had asked us to 
shift, but where will we go?

Dinesh Mohanta
shopkeeper

INDRADHANU MARKET

Popularly known as ID and located at Nayapalli, this market is managed by the development authority.

This market complex is almost three decades old. I have been doing business here for 20 years. We have asked the development authority to repair the market, but they have done nothing. Waste management is another serious problem here. 

Kiran Mishra
shopkeeper

KALYANI MARKET

Traders operating from this market at Unit-VIII had reached out to some opposition legislators in the past, who in turn, had raised questions on the repair and maintenance of the market complex in the Assembly.

During a question-and-answer session at an Assembly session last year, the minister of housing and urban development department had said the building had been tagged unsafe and would be demolished soon… 

We risk our lives every day to do business here. It is fine that they want to demolish the building, but they should provide us a suitable alternative.

Bulu Swain
shopkeeper

OFFICIAL SPEAK

Few years ago, we had conducted a survey of unsafe buildings and tagged some complexes accordingly. Later, we had asked the shopkeepers concerned to relocate so that we could demolish the buildings and build new ones for them. They refused… We tried to convince the shopkeepers that the markets were in such a state that they could not be repaired but had to be demolished and rebuilt. They were not convinced and filed court cases. 

A Bhubaneswar Development Authority official

We are constructing a neighbourhood market complex in the same area for rehabilitation of the shopkeepers of Lingaraj Market. We have also stopped collecting rent form the traders operating from the market and have asked them to stop conducting business there.

Ananta Narayan Jena mayor

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